September 15th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/15/09

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A former president of the United States says that racism is behind much of the animosity against Pres. Obama. That's the opinion of Jimmy Carter in an NBC News interview. Do you agree? Join the live chat during the program.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
September 15th, 2009
09:21 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Punishment for "You Lie" Outburst?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

With all Pres. Obama speaking about the economy today and people all over country worried about an economic rebound and the fate of health care, did you see what the House of Representatives was doing today?

It passed a resolution of disapproval against Republican Congressman Joe Wilson for shouting "You lie!" during Pres. Obama's speech to Congress last week. The vote was 240 to 179, with seven Republicans voting for the resolution and twelve Democrats voting "no". Five other Democrats voted simply "present" – taking no side.

What do you think: Is this all a waste of time? Should lawmakers be focused on more important things? Or did Rep. Wilson deserve the political scolding? Sound off below.

Joe Johns went to Capitol Hill to dig deeper on the Wilson rebuke. He discovered the South Carolina congressman wasn't hiding in his office. Don't miss his "Keeping them Honest" report tonight.

We also launch our series "Medical Malpractice: Who wins, Who Loses, Who Pays?" tonight. We uncovered this startling fact from the Institute of Medicine: Medical error kill at least 44,000 American each year. That makes medical mistakes deadlier than breast cancer, AIDS or motor vehicle accident. Of course, doctors aren't the only ones making mistakes – but when they happen what should be done? Last week, Pres. Obama in his speech to Congress called for a new look at how medical malpractice is handled to possibly lower health care costs. Doctors like that. Lawyers, not so much.

Plus, a former speechwriter for Pres. George W. Bush is speaking out – giving Bush 43's opinions of Barack Obama and Sarah Palin.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
September 15th, 2009
04:45 PM ET

Beat 360° 9/15/2009

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates the championship point after defeating Roger Federer in the Men's Singles final in the 2009 U.S. Open.

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

_________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
September 15th, 2009
03:42 PM ET

Collateral damage in the ruckus over health care reform

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Steven M. Asch, Karl Lorenz, and Diane Meier
RAND Corporation

What can you choose when life restricts you to the narrow width of a hospital bed and your view is one of life’s final horizon? None of us can choose to live forever. But we can, usually, choose how to make the most of our remaining weeks, months, or years.

Helping patients choose how to live well at the end of life lies at the heart of advance-care planning. This is when patients, doctors, and loved ones talk things over and draw up a plan to match health care services to the patient’s goals. Such honest information, discussion, and choice were at the heart of the now-defunct provision in the proposed healthcare reform legislation that would have reimbursed doctors for counseling patients and their families at this crucial time. And yet, something so seemingly straightforward has still ended up at the center of a volley of political charges and countercharges, including a prominent mention in President Obama’s address to Congress on Wednesday night.

One of the provision’s critics, Sarah Palin, says she, not government bureaucrats, should choose what sort of medical care her developmentally delayed son might get. What parent would dispute her? Just this week Palin reiterated her opposition to advance-care planning provisions in health care reform in a Wall Street Journal commentary. But when a child is facing difficult medical treatment, Ms. Palin and virtually every other parent would need honest information about the medical alternatives and likely effects.


Filed under: Health Care • Raw Politics
September 15th, 2009
03:40 PM ET

GOP should call Obama's bluff

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Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

Now is the time for all long debates to come to an end.

The nation has been discussing what to do about burgeoning health care costs and shrinking insurance coverage for much of the past 16 years, not to mention all of the last few months.

As President Obama has rightly pointed out, we're debated-out. Few minds are likely to be changed at this point.

It's time to do something.

So, an idea. If Republicans are really interested in passing some version of health reform, as they say, how about this? Call Obama's bluff.

The standard line we hear these days from both sides is that "we agree on 80 percent" of the parameters of reform - issues like coverage for pre-existing conditions and improving the Medicare prescription drug benefit, for instance. So if there is a slew of agreements that have been hashed out by both sides in committee, why not separate them out and pass them - with a bipartisan vote.

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Friends say Yale's Le ably balanced social life, school, love

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Slain Yale University graduate student Annie Le was intelligent, driven and destined for greatness, said those who knew her.

"She was also really tenacious and had a sense of humor that was never far away, and she was tougher than you'd think by just looking at her," Le's roommate, Natalie Powers, told a crowd of hundreds gathered on campus for the slain 24-year-old's vigil Monday.

Le's body was found inside a wall at a Yale medical school building Sunday, the day she was to be married to her college sweetheart, Jonathan Widawsky, a graduate student at New York's Columbia University. She disappeared five days before her wedding.

Le and Widawsky attended the University of Rochester together, where Le majored in cell and developmental biology with a minor in medical anthropology.

In a self-profile she wrote for the National Institutes of Health's undergraduate scholarship program, Le called her biology studies "interesting" but said she would like to pursue a research career in medical anthropology, "which has highlighted the severity of health issues in societies worldwide."

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Filed under: 360º Follow • Crime & Punishment
September 15th, 2009
01:39 PM ET

Two missing girls linked to Garrido investigation

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A week before 9-year-old Michaela Garecht was kidnapped in Hayward, California, in 1988, she wrote a poem about people who had been abducted, her mother said.

She sat down at the coffee table and wrote a poem about people behind the doors of steel, an amazing poem for a 9-year-old, ... and a week later she was kidnapped," Michaela's mother, Sharon Murch, said.

"It seems to me ... like it must be some sort of a prophesy or premonition, and I keep hearing the words that she said - 'It's about people who were kidnapped and are being held captive, not people who were kidnapped and were killed.'"

Investigators from two police agencies were searching the home of the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping suspects Tuesday in connection with two other unsolved abductions, authorities said.

Dublin, California, police obtained the search warrant for Phillip and Nancy Garrido's home, along with a neighboring property, in connection with the 1989 disappearance of 13-year-old Ilene Misheloff, police said in a written statement. "Dublin police have been unable to eliminate Phillip and Nancy Garrido as possible suspects in Ilene's disappearance."

In addition, Hayward, California, police obtained a search warrant for the same locations in the 1988 abduction of 9-year-old Michaela Garecht. Both warrants were being executed simultaneously Tuesday, police said.

The Garridos face a combined 29 felony counts in connection with the 1991 kidnapping of Dugard, then 11, from South Lake Tahoe, California. Authorities believe the couple held Dugard in a well-hidden compound behind their Antioch, California, home for 18 years, and have said Phillip Garrido fathered two children with Dugard

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jaycee Dugard
September 15th, 2009
01:02 PM ET

Pew Study: Muslims and Gays most discriminated in America

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Arsalan Iftikhar | BIO
AC360° Contributor
Founder, TheMuslimGuy.com

According to a recent September 2009 study completed by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, nearly six-in-ten American adults (58 percent) say “that Muslims are subject to a lot of discrimination in the United States; far more than say the same about Jews, evangelical Christians, atheists or Mormons…”

In fact, of all the minority demographic groups discussed in the September 2009 Pew Forum study, only “gays and lesbians are seen as facing more discrimination in America than Muslims”, with nearly two-thirds (64%) of the American public saying there is a lot of discrimination against homosexuals in the United States today.

Some of the other key results below from the September 2009 Pew Forum Study revolve around average Americans asked to finish this statement “There is a lot of discrimination against…”

According to the Pew Forum study, the top 5 responses were (in descending order):

– Gays and lesbians (64%)
– Muslims (58%)
– Hispanics (52%)
– Blacks (49%) and
– Women (37%)


Filed under: Arsalan Iftikhar • Gay & Lesbian Issues • Islam
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